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Encyclopedia > The Bells Go Down

The Bells are down was a black and white film made by Ealing Studios in 1943. Ealing Studios, a television and film production company and facilities provider at Ealing Green in West London, claims to be the oldest film studio in the world. ...


It was produced by Michael Balcon and directed by Basil Dearden and was intended to give praise to the British Auxiliary Fire Service (AFS). Although a fictitious plot many of the incidental shots were taken at actual fires that were started during the air raids on London in the previous two years. A sub-plot developed the rivalry between the part-time AFS and the full time London Fire Brigade. The reasons for joining the service, the training and finally the work during The Blitz were shown for several characters. A background narration was spoken by Leo Genn. Sir Michael Balcon (19 May 1896–17 October 1977) was a British film producer, best known for his work with the Ealing Studios. ... Basil Dearden was an English film director, born Basil Dear in Westcliff-on-Sea, Essex, in 1911. ... The Auxiliary Fire Service was formed in 1938 in Great Britain as part of Civil Defence Air raid precautions. ... Strategic bombing is a military strategem used in a total war style campaign that attempts to destroy the economic ability of a nation-state to wage war. ... Londo may be: Dieudonné Londo, Gabonese footballer or one of the following fictional characters: Londo Mollari from the television series Babylon 5 Londo Bell from Gundams Universal Century timeline; see Universal Century Nations and Factions Brin Londo, the actual name of the comic character Timber Wolf, one of DC... The London Fire Brigade (LFB) is the statutory fire and rescue service for London, England. ... Heinkel He 111 German bomber over the Surrey Docks, Southwark, London (German propaganda photomontage). ... In fiction, a narrator is a voice or character who tells the story. ...


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